This is a piece that had to get onto paper as soon as it was envisioned. I had originally thought of it in a metallic finish -even a flat grey- but the allure of red ultimately overcame that idea, and I needed it to easily convey the look of lips. They are inspired by Emily DiDonato's. I'm very satisfied with the upper lip, but referencing the outward folds in the lip flesh didn't allow for such a complicated pattern on the bottom lip- so they turned out more square. The original sketch (after the jump, cat fur strand in-tact) took about 40 mins and the paint-over took about 3 hours.